After the destruction of the Sky Corps Academy, the Mech Cadets are taken to Central Command to prepare for all-out war against the Sharg. However, Yu, Park, and Captain Takana discover that Central Command may have some less savory tactics in mind for winning the war.
Mech Cadet Yu #7 slows down to take a breather after the excitement of the last few issues, but it doesn’t halt the plot for the entire issue. The story shows the cowboy-like pilot, Captain Takana, brushing up against authoritarian General Park over Central Command’s current plan. The Mech Cadets remain resolute in their dedication to the cause. The second half moves into conspiracy territory, with the aforementioned less savory tactics being discovered by our heroes.
The younger Park receives the most character development in this issue, as we see how far she is willing to go for her fellow pilots after the rocky start they had. Olivetti and Sanchez give a definitive sign of loyalty to Yu to show how far their friendship has come too.
The revelation of shady behavior from Central Command and General Park isn’t unexpected, but it does add a new angle to the conflict with the Sharg. It adds something to the plot, and it gives an incentive for the plot to kick into high gear once more in the finale.
Takeshi Miyazawa’s artwork continues to be an inspired mixture of eastern and western comic book styles. The detailing and framing is phenomenal overall, and the robot designs keep getting cooler with each new model shown. Triona Farrell’s color art is also great, giving this world a much-appreciated wild color variance.
Mech Cadet Yu #7 is another good issue in this Greg Pak series. The storytelling is solid, the art is great, and the resulting comic is compulsively readable. This one earns another recommendation. Pick it up.
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